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PTCRB antenna tests to change

19 March 2012

The CTIA test plan for mobile station over the air performance (V. 3.1) is under discussion

During the last PTCRB meeting in San Antonio (Texas) the CTIA / PTCRB RF antenna performance and converged device test plan has been discussed.

CTIA intends to specify new “pass/fail” criteria for antenna performance measurements until April 2012. The corresponding RF antenna performance test specification (Rev 3.2) is currently undergoing a review and shall be released within the next few months.

 The revision of the antenna performance test specification will include

  • European bands
    GSM 900, 1800, UMTS Bands I, III, VIII, LTE Bands 1,3, 7, 8, 20
  • Left-hand phantom definition

During the last PTCRB meeting it was discussed whether the Converged Devices Group (CWG) test plan should also be used for non-handset devices (e.g. Notebooks, Integrations), and it became obvious that the current PTCRB permanent reference document NAPRD.03 needs further clarifications.

CTIA clarified that all device set-up procedures are described by the RF antenna performance test specification since they are referenced by the CWG test plan. The current RF antenna performance test plan V 3.1 is dealing with notebooks so they should be covered as well. However this is still being treated as a “grey area” since the general applicability of the CWG test plan to notebooks and other integrations still needs to be clarified.

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